ACC Tournament Notebook: Day Two
Ben Hall drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth to push Clemson past Georgia Tech. Stephen Faris redeemed himself from his performanc e against the Yellow Jackets in the regular season. Faris was sensational going 7 innings giving up one run on three hits. Adrian Casanova, Herman Demmink, and Hall each had an RBI. The Tigers will now take Friday off, and await the winner of Miami/Georgia Tech on Saturday.
It was a great day of baseball in Jacksonville. Florida State had a thrilling victory over #2-seed North Carolina sending the Tar Heels home. Florida State will now play Virginia, as NC State is making the surprise run of the tournament knocking off the #3-seed 4-3. In the other elimination game, Miami eliminated Wake Forest.
Worth noting for the Tigers is through the first two the Tigers have only required three innings of work from the bullpen. All relievers should be available on Saturday.
The Tigers cruised to a 13-1 victory over Wake Forest in seven innings. The Tigers outscored the Demon Deacons 52-5 over a four-game stretch. The highlight from first day was DJ Mitchell. Mitchell went 2-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored in place of senior-captain Travis Storrer. It was a good sign for the Tigers as Storrer had been one of the hottest bats on the team prior to his injury. It will be a tough spot for the freshman to continue to thrive in, but he passed the test day one.
The Tigers will face their nemesis in Georgia Tech on Friday. It appears head coach Jack Leggett will keep his rotation in order by starting Stephen Faris against the Yellow Jackets. Faris was the starter in the final game of the regular season series in which the Tigers lost 22-4. The Tigers were eliminated two years ago from the ACC tournament. These are two of the nation's best teams as they are ranked first (Clemson) and sixth (Georgia Tech) in the RPI.